Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Streaming Houses

Beijing International Art Biennale
Beijing, China

“And the Tigers were very, very angry, but still they would not let go of each others' tails. And they were so angry that they ran round the tree, trying to eat each other up, and they ran faster and faster till they were whirling round so fast that you couldn't see their legs at all.

And they still ran faster and faster and faster, till they all just melted away, and then there was nothing left but a great big pool of melted butter round the foot of the tree.”

From a Banned Book

Many of our projects have been, lets call them, relational projects. They have investigated the reification of abstract entities or relationships into architectural matter through machinic processes.  Streaming Houses differs in readmitting the contingent dross of the world as material for transformation.

If a relational project can engage a viewer, it is through correspondence between her experience of how things work in the world. It is an empathic relationship between the becoming of the architectural object, and the becoming of the viewer. A tree and it's movement, my phone's signal failure, the collapse of a stock-market, the dancer's fouette produce patterns for a viewer's understanding of constructive relations.

If the relational project is legible, it is through this patterning from the real. But then a sleight is committed in service of architecture's great unspoken and undead Idealist impulse. If emergent relations can be apprehended directly, then material excesses and troubling referential adherents can then be excised, as if we can build the noumenon itself.

Streaming Houses allows back just a little of that ostracised material.